Query side evaluation: an empirical analysis of effectiveness and effort

Azzopardi, L. (2009) Query side evaluation: an empirical analysis of effectiveness and effort. In: 32nd International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, Boston, USA, 19-23 Jul 2009, ISBN 9781605584836 (doi:10.1145/1571941.1572037)

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Typically, Information Retrieval evaluation focuses on measuring the performance of the system's ability at retrieving relevant information, and not the query's ability. However, the effectiveness of a retrieval system is strongly influenced by the quality of the query submitted. In this paper, the effectiveness and effort of querying is empirically examined in the context of the Principle of Least Effort, Zipf's Law and the Law of Diminishing Returns. This query focused investigation leads to a number of novel findings which should prove useful in the development of future retrieval methods and evaluation techniques. While, also motivating further research into query side evaluation.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:simulation, evaluation
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Azzopardi, Dr Leif
Authors: Azzopardi, L.
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science

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